Buffalo, NY asked in Criminal Law for New York

Q: My daughter is 15 and a 19 year old is threatening her in school and social media. Can I press charges for harassment?

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Aubrey Claudius Galloway

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Scarsdale, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Yes. You can either go to the police station and file a police report, are you can Google your counties District Attorney’s Office website and download a direct complaint form to the District Attorney’s Office that you can fill out at home and send it and they will start it. If you have any questions or need help doing this, I offer a free consultation and can be reached at yes. You can either go to the police station and file a police report, are you can Google your counties district attorneys office website and download a direct complaint form to the District Attorney’s Office that you can fill out at home and send it and they will start it. If you have any questions or need help doing this, I offer a free consultation and can be reached at 914-912-1555. Aubrey C. Galloway III, Esq (A&P’s Top-10 Criminal Lawyers in NY under 40)

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Jonathan A. Rosenberg

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Yes, you can probably file some kind of complaint with your local police or law enforcement agency; if they think that this individual is truly harassing your daughter beyond the bounds of free speech (or if they just feel like making an arrest), then that individual could be charged with something like, "Aggravated Harassment" - an A-Misdemeanor, which seeks to punish any kind of speech that is intended to communicate threats, alarm, annoyance, and so on - beyond the acceptable bounds of free speech - and to the degree that the speech is criminal - bad.

If on the other hand, you feel that this individual or/and harasser is just being annoying - and won't harm anyone - then maybe you can avoid making a complaint, because life is too short to involve government police action in every small dispute that causes alarm. It's your choice.

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